With Myanmar fast becoming the next ‘must see’ undiscovered destination, here’s our top sights in Yangon. The city formerly known as Rangoon is the largest city in Myanmar. It was the capital until the government built a new city just outside Yangon as the capital. Being formerly under British rule, Myanmar and in particular Yangon offers an array of architecture.
The legendary 2,600 year-old Shwedagon Pagoda is its most seen landmark, but the town is surrounded with cultural landmarks and dotted with majestic golden pagodas, serene emerald lakes and colourful markets. but its just one of the top sights in Yangon.
The famous Bogyoke Aung San Market is another and is well worth spending time to explore. Old colonial buildings are dotted around the city with the City Hall is one of the grandest. Two lakes, Kandawgyi, which is close to the city centre and Inya, which is located outside of town and usually incorporated into your overland tour.
You cannot miss Yangon’s most iconic landmark which is well photographed and makes a striking central landmark in the city. Covered in over 30 tons of gold and home to a relic of the Gautama Buddha, this pagoda is believed to be the world’s oldest.
Located in the centre of downtown Yangon, the Sule Pagoda takes it influence from both Indian and Burmese architectural forms
This sprawling complex is believed to be over 70 years old. A very busy place but fun and colourful where you will find all kinds of street food and great souvenirs.
It’s only a leisurely 5-minute walk from downtown Yangon to the water’s edge. Pop along and you can sit back and watch life on the Yangon River.
A fine example of Burmese architecture just a short walk from Sule Pagoda.
Central Railway Station
Built in 1877 by the British, the original station was destroyed by Japanese bombers during World War II and subsequently rebuilt on Burmese architectural style. Hop onto the popular Circle Line for an authentic experience of local life in Yangon, with chatty locals carrying produce to eager food and drink vendors hawking their fares.
A local guide with private car can show you the highlights of Yangon, but we recommend you spend a couple of days here before heading off on a pre-booked private tour to see the other highlights of Myanmar. It pays to have arranged transfers and sightseeing booked as Myanmar is such a vast country to get around in a limited time.